When in doubt, check with NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office to determine which zones are open to harvest.
King mackerel are divided into two separate fisheries: the Atlantic fishery (north of Miami-Dade/Monroe County line) and the Gulf-Atlantic fishery (south and west of the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line). Commercial trip limits vary by fishery, zone/region and season.
In both the Atlantic and Gulf-Atlantic fisheries, commercial harvesters must abide by federal king mackerel trip limits when fishing in state waters. Commercial harvest in state waters closes when harvest is closed in adjacent federal waters.
Minimum size limit: 24 inches fork length
Commercial license requirements: Saltwater products license, a restricted species endorsement and a federal king mackerel permit.
King Mackerel Vessel/Trip Limits - Hook and Line
IMPORTANT: Contact NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office for up-to-date information about trip limits and closures.
Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, and Flagler counties
From March 1 (Federal Season 1) until the adjacent EEZ closes: 3,500-lb. vessel trip limit
From October 1 (Federal Season 2) until the adjacent EEZ closes: 3,500-lb. vessel trip limit
Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties
From March 1-31: 50 fish per vessel until the adjacent EEZ closes
From April 1 to Sept. 30 or until the adjacent EEZ closes: 75 fish per vessel
- Vessel trip limit will decrease to 50 fish if 70% of Season 1’s federal quota is caught
From Oct. 1 to Feb. 28/29 or until the adjacent EEZ closes: 50 fish per vessel
- Vessel trip limit may increase to 75 fish if less than 70% of Season 2’s federal quota has not been caught by Feb. 1
Monroe and Collier counties
From July 1 until the adjacent EEZ closes: 1250-lb. vessel trip limit
All Gulf coast counties except Collier and Monroe
From Oct. 1 until the adjacent EEZ closes: 1250-lb. vessel trip limit